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Stories from MATS: Perkins on a heavy haul

  Perkins Specialized Transportation has launched the biggest series of hauls in its history. The Northfield, Minn.-based company specializes in super loads -- the biggest, longest, heaviest cargo allowed on the nation’s highways. Over 40 years the firm has grown from a dozen workers and trucks to 65 employees and 22 heavy-haul rigs. It hauls everything from steam turbines and bridge beams to dryers for ethanol plants and gun mounts for destroyers. In 2011 Perkins faced one of its biggest challenges when it ...

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Navistar shows LoadStar for vocational work

International debuted a new severe service low cab-forward work truck.

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T370 Kenworth hits medium-duty landmark in Quebec plant

A Kenworth T370 was recently recognized as the historic 100,000th medium duty truck produced at the Paccar's Ste-Therese, Quebec, manufacturing plant. The plant, which opened as a brand-new facility in 1999, has clearly been hard at work during that time in the medium duty space. “The employees at the Paccar Ste-Therese are especially dedicated to building excellent medium duty trucks," said Marilyn Santangelo, Kenworth assistant general manager for operations. "We’re especially honored that a Kenworth T370 ...

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Final season one episode of American Trucker on Speed Channel this Thursday

If you missed the news two weeks back, the final episode of the first season of American Trucker on the Speed Channel will features the production crew's documentation of the last mission of the Space Shuttle Discovery and, more particularly, the trucks that are front and center in preparations for the journey. Among them are some that have been present at space missions since the beginning of the shuttle program -- like the walking-tall Peterbilt ...

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Vids of the new Caterpillar truck — the CT660

"No one knows heavy-duty like Caterpillar," says the official promo vid for the new Class 8 from Caterpillar, the CT660. Long-awaited in the wake of Cat's announcement that the company was getting out of the on-highway engine market, and entering the truck market, the new truck is here (pictured), built in partnership with Navistar. For several separate video glimpses of it, including reactions from the show floor at ConExpo in Las Vegas, where it was officially ...

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Concrete mixers

Navistar announced a new, front-discharge Continental Mixer truck for this fall.

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‘Showing Severe’ w/ Texas dump fleet

I met the Redwines of Nederland, Texas, at the Great American Trucking Show last year by the back bumper of Jerry Redwine's prize-winning 2007 Peterbilt 378 tri-axle dump (pictured). The labor of love is a hardworking truck in Redwine construction business. Powered by a Caterpillar C13 boosted to 600 hp and an Eaton 8 LL off-road transmission, the tri-axle main unit is evidence of a “bad habit” the young Redwine inherited from his father and ...

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Trucking shutterbugs bring it in Truckers News first photo contest

Photographers brought pretty stunning images to the online photo forum we host at the the Flickr.com photo site for the first, July contest on the theme of "Junked or Forgotten Trucks/Trailers." Check out Bob McGilvray's runner-up "Rusy"  here to see the quality of the work sent in from around the nation (McGilvray's been featured in Truckers News before, actually, when he captured a empathic moment of driver error -- "We've all been there," he said ...

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Custom heavy haul: Introducing Modern Machinery Movers

Clark Tucker opened his Indianapolis-based small fleet Modern Machinery Movers as a single-truck operation in 2002 to capitalize on heavy-haul opportunities in the wind-energy sector, a move that has proved fruitful. Today he employs 10 drivers. “Growing up on a farm, I bought my first truck, a 1946 Dodge, and never looked back,” says Tucker. “I’ve been both a heavy-haul trucker and a new and used truck dealer, so I’m well-versed on what it takes ...

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Meet the North Carolina ‘Swamp Loggers’

Working his operation from Jacksonville, N.C., Bobby Goodson, owner of Goodson's All-Terrain Logging, is one of several pioneers of the method of "shovel logging" he's become somewhat famous for today, thanks to the Discovery Channel's "Swamp Loggers" series. The reality show, depicting Goodson and crew's work in the low-country swamps, helped propel the Discovery Channel to near the top prime time cable network ratings earlier this year -- averaging close to 2 million viewers per episode. For listings, click here, and for video ...

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